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Clinton’s Candidacy Courts Controversy With Christians (4499)

The presumptive Democratic nominee’s stances on key moral issues worry many voters.

06/20/2016 Comments (38)
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Hillary Clinton

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WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton is poised to become the first female presidential nominee of a major political party in the United States, but she is also a candidate with mounting credibility issues that leave many voters wary of electing another Clinton to the White House.

And she has a history of advancing causes, such as abortion rights and the redefinition of marriage, that are directly opposed to moral teachings highlighted by the U.S. bishops, in their 2015 update to their document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” as being of particular significance when Catholic voters make decisions about how to cast their ballots.

Already burdened with a significant amount of...READ MORE

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Every Day Is Father’s Day for New York Yankees’ Pitcher (3717)

Nebraska Native Tyler Cloyd Has Learned to Put Everything in God’s Hands

06/19/2016 Comment
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Tyler Cloyd

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While many men enjoy being fathers, there are usually things about fatherhood they would rather do without.

However, Tyler Cloyd sees things differently. The 29-year-old Bellevue, Neb., native loves being a father so much that it can be said every day is Father’s Day for him. No trouble has yet been big enough for him to wish it was not part of fatherhood.

Cloyd is trying to use this same mindset in baseball. He underwent Tommy John surgery in early May and is now rehabbing his arm. He likely will not play in a game until next season, but he wants to maintain a positive attitude during a physical-therapy schedule that can easily be seen as tedious.

Tyler Cloyd recently spoke of his love...READ MORE

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What Was It Like to Be an Early Christian? (4092)

Book Picks: Learn Church History From the Beginning

06/18/2016 Comments (4)
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Looking to learn more about the birth of the Church?

The Apostasy That Wasn’t: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church, by Catholic convert Rod Bennett (Catholic Answers, 2015), is an attempt to convince non-Catholic Christians that there was no apostasy from the true, original faith of the early Church as received from Christ. In doing so, Bennett establishes the authority of the sacred Tradition in addition to Scripture and the sacraments, especially the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

Many Protestants, particularly those who jettisoned the hierarchy, apostolic succession, most of the sacraments and all of the “bells and smells,” justified throwing overboard...READ MORE

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Investigative Book on Kandhamal Violence Challenges Christian Conspiracy Theory (1772)

Veteran Catholic journalist Anto Akkara’s latest book, about the 2008 killing of a Hindu leader that resulted in a wave of anti-Christian persecution, has attracted national attention in India.

06/18/2016 Comments (1)

A fire burns beside a cross during violence in the Kandhamal region of India during anti-Christian violence in 2008.


NEW DELHI — An investigative book by senior journalist Anto Akkara has challenged the Christian conspiracy theory about the sensational murder of a Hindu leader in 2008 that triggered massive anti-Christian violence in the Kandhamal district of the Indian state of Odisha. (Disclosure: Anto Akkara is a National Catholic Register correspondent.)

“Kandhamal tale in new light,” said the headline of an article in The Telegraph newspaper, following the initial May 5 release of Akkara’s book, Who Killed Swami Laxmanananda?

The release was conducted at New Delhi’s Constitution Club, by veteran Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar.

“The book … gives details about sequence of events demolishing the...READ MORE

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Joyful Brides: Four Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal Take Final Vows (8131)

For love of Christ, these young religious embrace lives of prayer and radical service to the poor.

06/18/2016 Comments (3)
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NEW YORK — On the morning of June 6, hundreds of people packed the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel in New York City to celebrate a quadruple wedding; but instead of white, the four brides wore black and gray.

Surrounded by family and friends, these young women had come to take final religious vows with the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. When the Mass began, the bustling church fell silent.

Grinning ear to ear, the four professing sisters walked down the aisle to the wedding music of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, while clouds of incense rose slowly to the ornate ceiling. They were there, after years of discernment, to give up everything and follow Jesus Christ.

And they had indeed...READ MORE

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Mercy and Its Counterfeit Counterpart (2490)

COMMENTARY: This virtue is both ‘affective,’ involving the emotions, as well as ‘effective,’ involving practical assistance.

06/18/2016 Comments (2)

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In the world of amateur baseball there is something called “the mercy rule.” It is applied when a losing team is trailing by as many as 15 runs. The purpose of the rule is to end the suffering and humiliation of the players on a team that no longer has any hope of winning. The rule is unobjectionable when it is applied to baseball. In fact, it might even be regarded as admirable and humane. 

But it is quite another thing when it is applied to life. For many people, especially those who promote euthanasia, mercy means ending the suffering and humiliation of a person by ending his life. The well-known phrase “mercy killing” is a rationalization that attempts to make killing another person...READ MORE

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Progress on Archbishop Sheen’s Cause? (2806)

Diocese of Peoria Announces Relatives’ Request to Transfer His Body

06/18/2016 Comments (3)
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PEORIA, Ill. — On June 14, the cause for the canonization of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen received a potential reprieve from the stalemate that stalled it.

The Diocese of Peoria, Ill., announced “with great joy” that the family of Archbishop Fulton Sheen petitioned the Supreme Court of New York state to allow his remains to be transferred to Peoria.

Up to this point, the Peoria Diocese and the Archdiocese of New York, where Sheen is entombed in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, both laid claim to his remains. The cause for his beatification could not move along until a settlement was reached, even though the miracle needed for his beatification had already been approved by the Vatican’s commissions...READ MORE

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Coming to Terms With Orlando (4120)

The Church Assists a Nation Wrestling With Horror

06/17/2016 Comments (37)
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People attend a prayer service for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting at Delaney Street Baptist Church on June 15 in Orlando, Fla. The shooting, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

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WASHINGTON — As news of the deadly June 12 attack on an Orlando, Fla., nightclub dominated the media, Maggie Gallagher, long a target of homosexual-rights activists for her leading role in the defense of marriage as a union of one man and one woman, found herself under attack.

In the wake of the Florida massacre, which took place at a nightclub that caters to a primarily homosexual clientele, a surge of Facebook posts blamed Gallagher and her colleagues for demonizing people with same-sex attraction. Initially, she pushed back against her accusers, but after reading a thoughtful message from John Stemberger, a fellow advocate for marriage and family, Gallagher decided to shut off her...READ MORE

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